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general.user: Welcome 2004 CYFAR CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Community VoicesLeadership Training for Community Development Community Voices Community Voices is a program about developing groups of leaders who want to make a difference in their communities.
Community Voices Leadership Program Training Modules • Group Leadership • Seeing Our Community • Identifying Community Problem, Needs and Resources • Working Together to Improve Communication Skills • Making Decisions and Keeping Our Group Strong • Reaching Our Vision, Step By Step
Community Voices Session Format • Overview • Skill Work • Follow Through • Closing
I. Overview • Review:Participants review what was learned in the last session. • Bridge:You make a connection between what was learned in the last session and what will be learned in this session. • Introduction: Explain the skills and activities of the session.
II. Skill Work • The main part of the session • This is where the group will learn new skills through: • Exercise • Activities • Discussion • Practice
III. Follow Through • Helps participants practice or think about what they learned after leaving the session. • Exercise or activity for the group to do before they get back together. • Provide skill practice and encourage the participants to see how these skill can be used at home, at work or with other groups.
IV. Closing(It is very important to formally close each session) • Time for participants to step back and think about what they have learned. • Think about what has been meaningful to them. • Time for participants to talk together as a group. • Preview next session
Community Voices Session Format • Overview • Skill Work • Follow Through • Closing
Community Voice Leadership Training Program Module • Group Leadership
Group LeadershipHow Can We Get To Know Our Group? Purpose: • Learn more about each other • Learn the strengths of the group
Interview Questions: • 1) What is your name? • 2)Where are you from? • 3) What group or groups do you work with in your community? • 4) What is the one thing that you do best?
Summary - We Learned That: • Interviewing is a way of gathering information • One person can do one or a few things well • As a group we can do many things well
Group LeadershipHow Can Group Work Together To Solve Problem Purpose: • To get you thinking more about leadership and how it works
Activity: • We will do two short role plays; authoritarian leadership, and shared group leadership.
Summary – We learned that: • Community problem are not solved with the ideas of one person. • Community problems are solved by groups working together. • We have to listen to each other. • We have to value each other ideas skills.
Group LeadershipWhere Do Leaders Stand? Purpose: • To give you a chance to see different kinds of leaders and how they work with groups.
Activity • Autocratic Leader • Leader who tells people what to do and never listens to their ideas. • Leader acts like a king or queen. • Leader who is out of touch with the people. • Leader who don’t know what people in your community are thinking and don’t try to find out.
Activity Cont. • Leader chosen by outsider • No support in community and you only want to please the outsiders who made you the leader. • Self- Appointed • You decided that you wanted to be the leader.
Activity Cont. • Leader who leads from within. • Listens to and works with everyone in the group. • You are a part of the group.
Summary - We learned that: • Leading from within the group, works in communities. • Group leadership works because everyone participates. • Each person is important. • Each person has something to contribute.
Community Voice Leadership Program Training Modules • Group Leadership • Seeing Our Community
A Little Story This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody,Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Seeing Our CommunityWhat Are Our Leadership Skills? Purpose: • In this exercise we will see that as individuals and as a group, we already have many important leadership skills. • We will see how each of us contributes different skills to makes our group stronger.
Summary: • You can see from this list that leaders need to do all kinds of things and have many different kinds of skills. • Community leaders just don’t tell people what to do. • Communities improve because community leaders get people working together on problems they share.
Activity: Using the information from the interview, make a list of leadership skills. • Have each person go to the list and check the leadership skills they can already do.
Summary - We Learned That: • Working together we possess many leadership skills. • Leaders do not need to have all the skills themselves. • Leaders can use the skills of others in the group. • What new skills are needed.
Seeing Our Community Cont.How Do We See Our Community Today? Purpose: • To take a look at and describe our community as it is today. Getting ideas from the whole group we will get a good picture of both the strengths of our community and what needs to be improved.
Activity: • Give Everyone A Piece of paper and a Marker • Have everyone to draw what’s good about their community and what needs to improved. • Each participant explore their thoughts, the good first, then, what needs to be improved.
Summary: • We have highlighted what is good in our community and what needs to be improved. • We will have a list of problems or concerns that we can use later.
Community Voice Leadership Training Program Modules • Group Leadership • Seeing Our Community • Identifying Community Problem, • Needs and Resources
Identifying Community Problems, Needs and ResourcesWhy Do We Need More Information? Purpose: We have a lot of problems that need to be considered, and there are some tools and skills we need to help us come up with good solutions. The first thing we need to know is where to get information, and why it is important.
Activity: Doctor and Patient Role Play
Summary: • When confronted with a problem, research the problem and think about the information; then, make your decision to solve it. • In every walk of life, problem solving begins with asking questions and getting information about the situation. • Only when you fully understand the problem, can you figure out the best way to solve it.
Identifying Community Problems, Needs, and Resources Cont.Where Can We Find Out Information About Our Community? Purpose: • To make a general list of all sources of information that we can. This list will be a resource later as we work in your community.
Activity: Taking a look at your problem list • Find out which agencies can help. • Find out which organizations can help. • Find out which City /County Officials can help. • Find out which person(s) can help.
Summary: • Too often people waste time and money because they don’t have good information. • You can not reach your goal or solve a community problem without the right information. Information is Power
Community Voice Leadership Training Program Module • Group Leadership • Seeing Our Community • Identifying Community Problem, Needs and Resources • Working Together to Improve Communication Skills
Working Together Improving Communication SkillsHow to Work Together to Remove Barriers Purpose: • Working together is essential if you want to reach the goals outlined in your vision. Every group will encounter barriers in it’s chosen path. • You will understand the importance of communication within a group.
Activity: In this activity, you have to break through barriers by working as a group. • Barriers will be placed around the room. • Each barrier will have a puzzle in it. • Each of you will have a piece of the puzzle. • The puzzle must be completed before you cross. • NO talking at all, USE body language ONLY.
Summary: • This exercise and discussion you just completed has emphasized an important message: You possess more strength as a group than as individuals. • Just as in real life, in this exercise you had to work together to be able to break down barriers. This exercise also emphasized that: Everyone in the group has something to contribute to the group’s success. • This is similar to how groups work on real problems: It takes the efforts of many people, and different people bring different strengths and resources to the group.
Summary Cont.: • In this exercise, you were only allowed to use “non-verbal” communication (communicating without words) because this is something we do all the time. • The reason you were asked to work in silence was to drive the point home that all types of communications (verbal and non-verbal) is very important when working together to accomplish a task.
Working Together To Improve Communication SkillsWhat Makes Effective Communication Purpose: We must have good communication skills if we are going to reach out to others in the community.